The interpretation of laws related to same-sex relationships is still a matter of confusion and uncertainty in many states. One of the issues that raises many questions involves spousal support, also known as alimony. Massachusetts same-sex couples may want to consult with attorneys who are experienced in applicable family law whenever they encounter issues to which no definite answers are yet available.
A recent Supreme Court ruling in another state may have clarified one of its laws related to alimony. Existing law states that alimony to an ex-spouse who remarries will be terminated. Also, if a receiver of alimony lives with another person for more than a year, alimony payments can be stopped.
In this case, a man sought the cancellation of alimony payments to his former wife. The couple divorced in 2008, and the court ordered the man to pay alimony for eight years. However, the woman got engaged to a same-sex partner in 2014, giving rise to the former husband’s request to end alimony payments before the eight years had passed. His former wife argued that her engagement was not a qualifying factor for cohabitation as it was to a person of the same sex.
The evolution of society has multiplied the issues related to nontraditional family arrangements. Until state laws related to marriages, divorces, alimony, child support and more have all been revised and modified to accommodate same-sex family law, it may be wise not to try and navigate related legal matters alone. An experienced Massachusetts same-sex divorce attorney will be informed of all the latest changes and modifications that may affect same-sex spouses, non-married parents and extended families.
Source: wset.com, “Virginia Supreme Court recognizes gay couples in divorce law“, May 4, 2016